Written By: Joceline Sweeney
As this Valentine’s has come and gone, my mind was again transported to my grade two class Valentine’s Day party. I have loved holiday theme things for a very long time and being this young was no exception. I was so excited to hand out my beautiful valentine’s cards, one to each of my classmates, written to them personally by name, by me.
The time for the exchange had finally come, as we all jumped to rush around and begin filling each other’s desks with lovely red and pink papers some with dinosaurs on them, others with Holly Hobbie, when out of the corner of my eye I noticed one of the other girls in class begin to hand hers out. Only she didn’t just have Valentine’s cards, she had a beautiful red foil wrapped chocolate heart attached to each one of her Valentine’s. I suddenly felt the excitement of handing mine out completely fizzle, no longer did mine feel special, and they now felt small, inadequate…unworthy. Mine didn’t have a beautiful red shiny delicious chocolate attached, it was just a simple piece of paper. Before I had seen hers mine seemed enough, but not after.
Almost every Valentine’s after that I asked my mom if I too could attach a red foiled wrapped chocolate heart to each one of my Valentine’s. Somehow I thought that this would make mine just as special as hers.
How often do we feel that way in “real “life? We can get so caught up at looking at what we have to offer, we compare ourselves to others, we can often feel so small, inadequate, unworthy?
When we look at what we have to offer up for the Kingdom of God, and we look around at those making a big impact but we only have a small circle of friends we influence.
How often we can feel “What do I have to give?”
Today look at your hands, your life, your talents and at what God has placed in them for you to give, even if it’s as simple as a smile to a stranger.
If that’s what God has called you to give, then give it well.
Until Next Time,